Social Security Disability Benefits for Raynaud's phenomenon
During an attack, your body limits blood flow to the hands and feet. This makes your fingers and toes feel cold and numb. It may also cause your fingers to turn white or blue.
Once blood flow to the fingers and toes returns, they may turn red, tingle and begin to hurt.
An attack usually lasts a few minutes. In some people, it may last more than an hour.
The symptoms of the primary form of Raynaud's phenomenon usually begin between the ages of 15 and 25. The symptoms of the secondary form of Raynaud's phenomenon usually start after the ages of 35 to 40.
For many people, especially those with a primary form of Raynaud's phenomenon, the symptoms are mild and not very troublesome. Others have more severe symptoms.
Essential Medical Documentation Needed for Disability Benefits:
- How frequent and severe are your flare-ups?
- Do you have problems grabbing, grasping things?
- Do you have problems dropping things?
- Do you have limitations/difficulty with fine manipulation (use of fingers)?
- How far can you walk?
- How long can you stand? Do you need a cane/walker to ambulate?
- How much can you lift and carry?
Documenting your limitations: How does your condition affect you? Be specific to articulate to your physician details of your physical limitations and how they impact you on a daily basis with regard to your daily living activities, your ability to stand/walk, lift/carry, and even sit for extended periods of time and need for breaks or rest from pain or fatigue. These are important factors and details regarding your functional capacity and important in evaluating whether you can perform your work or any work.